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Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If you’d have told me before arriving at CinemaCon that one of the films I’d be raving about after the convention would be the new Vacationmovie, I would not have believed you. But after watching the insanely funny red-band trailer for the upcoming comedy during the Warner Bros. panel (which will be online in early May), I’m completely sold. If you’re not aware, Vacation marks the directorial debut of Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and stars Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold, who opts to take his own family on a vacation that goes horribly wrong. Christina Applegate plays Rusty’s wife, Leslie Mann is his sister Audrey, and Chris Hemsworth plays Audrey’s up-and-coming anchorman husband, marking the Thor actor’s first big foray into comedy. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo also make cameos reprising their roles as the elder Griswolds. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Today we hold the 2015 Summer Box Office Draft as Laremy is still looking for that ever-elusive second draft victory and with the first pick in today's draft he may have a juggernaut that can't be beat. Along with that we take a listen to the new trailer for Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, review Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, listen to a voice mail, play some game, scatter shot some news and are on our way. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave »
- Brad Brevet
Ed Helms and Christina Applegate may be the stars of "Vacation" -- but when original Griswolds Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo arrived on set for three days of shooting, they were decidedly humbled. "They [were like] royalty on our set. I mean it's like, the king and queen walked on and everyone was like, 'They're here!'" said Helms while promoting the film at CinemaCon. "It's like, it was a dream. A dream come true. And they couldn't have been more psyched and fun and playful. And aside from being fun, for all of us working on the movie it was just such a great affirmation that they wanted to be a part of it and were supportive." So how is Rusty (Helms, a.k.a. the all-grown-up son of Chase's Clark Griswold) like his dad, and how is he different? "Rusty is like his dad in that he's optimistic and hopeful »
- Chris Eggertsen
If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, the National Lampoon's Vacation movies were likely a part of your childhood. Now that a reboot is on the way, the franchise will reach an entirely new generation. Ed Helms, as a grown-up Rusty, and Christina Applegate take on the parental roles, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo appearing as their original characters. The first photos paint a picture of a happy nuclear family, but we all know that chaos is about to be unleashed. The best part is that they're at Walley World, the park from the very first movie! Things have really come full circle. Can't wait to see more of the impressive cast! »
Ed Helms will play his now grown-up son Rusty, who attempts to recreate the holidays he remembers as a child with his own family. Christina Applegate will play his long-suffering wife Debbie, with Chase and Beverly D'Angelo set to return in cameos.
Thor actor Hemsworth takes on the role of young anchorman Stone Crandall - the husband of Rusty's sister, Audrey.
A two-minute trailer for the movie was debuted at the Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon earlier this week (April 21), which featured Hemsworth exposing himself to Helms's mortified Rusty and Applegate's shocked Debbie.
Speaking about Hemsworth's eye-opening role at CinemaCon, »
Warner Bros. Pictures used this year's CinemaCon in Las Vegas to show off the first footage from "Vacation," the upcoming reboot/sequel of the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise which follows a now grown up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) taking his family on a cross country trip to Wallyworld.
Reviews out of the convention suggest the film hasn't tamed down the jokes with the humor being very much of the R-rated variety, with some call backs to the original included such as one to the famed scene with Christie Brinkley in a sports car.
However it's a certain Marvel superstar and a well-placed prosthesis that seem to have led to the film suddenly catching the attention of a few people. Devin Faraci of Bad Ass Digest explains the gags on offer in a new report:
"The jokes on display are raunchy - Rusty explains to his curious son that a rim »
- Garth Franklin
What's a vacation without Chris Hemsworth's naked body? Exactly. That's why movie lovers were extremely excited to hear that the hunky star might be flaunting his birthday suit in the upcoming sixth installment of the National Lampoon's Vacation series, Vacation. According to MTV, a number of people got a glimpse of what could be hitting the big screen while at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon on Tuesday when viewing the raunchy two minute-plus, R-rated trailer. And the clip, starring Clark Griswold's grown up son Rusty (Ed Helms) embarking on a brand new vacation to Walley Word with his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two »
With the annual expo known as CinemaCon off and running in Las Vegas, Warner Bros. showed off a ton of footage from their upcoming slate last night during a special presentation - and in addition to giving us our first looks at both Point Break and Black Mass, we also got to see an early look at some brand new stuff from John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.s upcoming comedy Vacation. Considering the movie is only a few months from release, it probably won.t be too long until you get to see some of the material for yourself, but I was happily surprised by what was delivered. Kicking off with some clips from the original movie, as well as a quick shot of both Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reprising their roles in the new film, the footage really began with Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) standing in »
“I am super-trashed right now,” he quipped. “We think we’ve made an edgy but heartfelt comedy.”
“Vacation” faces formidable competition, opening on the same date that Paramount launches Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Cruise wowed the CinemaCon crowd earlier Tuesday with footage of the star hanging on a jet plane while it was taking off.
- Dave McNary
Just yesterday, we got to see a cast photo from the upcoming "Vacation" sequel, giving us a look at Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. And now, we have a new shot from the movie, showing the family going to Walley World. Check it out below. In the new movie, Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (Chase) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young. Leslie Mann plays Audrey Griswold, sister of Rusty. She's married to Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming achorman to be played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor). "Vacation" is set to hit theaters on July 31st. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Ed Helms is heading up the next generation of Griswolds in New Line's Vacation and the first two official pictures have just arrived featuring not only Helms as a grown-up Rusty Griswold, but Christina Applegate as his wife Debbie and their two sons -- Skyler Gisondo as James and Steele Stebbins as Kevin -- with plans for a cross-country trip back to America's "favorite family fun park," Walley World. As you can see from the pic above, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the classic Vacation films and the cast also includes Leslie Mann as Rusty's sister, Audrey, and Chris Hemsworth as Stone Crandall, Rusty's irritatingly successful brother-in-law. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are making their directorial debuts on the flick, which is hitting theaters on July 31. Check out one more picture below. »
- Brad Brevet
The beloved National Lapoon's Vacation is getting the reboot treatment with the simply titled Vacation, which has the strange distinction of also being a sequel, and sees Ed Helms step into the shoes of Rusty Griswold as he takes a new generation of the accident prone clan on their own disaster filled trip to America's favorite family fun park, Walley World, before it closes forever. Warner Bros. have shared the first look at the continuing misadventures of the Griswolds, and it looks like Helms and Christina Applegate won't be the only Mr. and Mrs. Griswold, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo also making an appearance (as does the iconic Wagon Queen Family Truckster Station Wagon). The Vacation movies is a franchise a lot of people grew up with, so it will be interesting to see if this new version will live up to expectations. Released: 31st July (U.S)/ 13th November (Irl/U. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
All hail the return of the Griswold family! In this first image from the upcoming reboot/sequel, simply titled Vacation (in theaters July 31), we get our first look at the grown-up Rusty (Ed Helms), his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons alongside the Og Griswolds, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo). But wait! There's another character there, too! You'll notice the family posing in front of a station wagon, which happens to look exactly like the old Wagon Queen Family Truckster from the original Vacation. Remember this scene? And this one? Seeing as the new Vacation finds Rusty taking his own family on a cross-country trip to Walley World, we're guessing he's looking to recreate that original...
- Erik Davis
All hail the return of the Griswold family! In this first image from the upcoming reboot/sequel, simply titled Vacation (in theaters July 31), we get our first look at the grown-up Rusty (Ed Helms), his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons alongside the Og Griswolds, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo). But wait! There's another character there, too! You'll notice the family posing in front of a station wagon, which happens to look exactly...
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The Griswolds are at it again! New Line Cinema just released the first photos of the cast from the new "Vacation" movie, which will follow the next generation of the Griswold family. Ed Helms plays the now grown-up son of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), Rusty Griswold, while Christina Applegate joins the pack as Rusty's wife, Debbie Griswold. This time around, Rusty and his family will find themselves on another family vacation gone awry, as they take to the road for some "much-needed family bonding" time to visit Walley World. Yep, Walley World is back! The movie boasts a pretty impressive cast too -- Leslie Mann will play Rusty's sister, Chris Hemsworth stars as Rusty's annoying brother-in-law and Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins appear as Rusty's sons in the sure-to-be funny flick. Chevy and Beverly D'Angelo will also reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the beloved National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies. »
- tooFab Staff
It's been 32 years since Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) took his family on a cross country trek to visit the most popular theme park of the 80s, Walley World. And over the course of three more sequels, the clan never returned. Until today! A new photo has arrived from the Vacation remake, and the iconic tourist attraction has gotten a slight upgrade as Rusty takes his wife Debbie and their two sons through the golden archway to relive one of the best childhood memories for any kid who grew up in 1983.
Yes, The next generation of Griswolds are at it again. New Line Cinema's Vacation stars Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Christina Applegate (the Anchorman films) as Rusty and Debbie Griswold. The duo decides to take the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's directorial debut.
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Griswold goodness! The Griswold family is back in the highly anticipated National Lampoon's Vacation reboot, simply titled Vacation. In the first promo photo, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played the original Clark and Ellen Griswold in the 1983 film, stand together, smiling proudly over their family. The Office star Ed Helms is replacing Anthony Michael Hall as their son Rusty, and Christina Applegate will be playing his wife Debbie (both pictured). Leslie Mann (not pictured) will be taking on the role of Griswold daughter Audrey, which [...] »
Thanks to USA Today, we now have our first look at the cast from the upcoming "Vacation" sequel, giving us a look at Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, as well as Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Check it out below. In the new movie, Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (Chase) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young. Leslie Mann plays Audrey Griswold, sister of Rusty. She's married to Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming achorman to be played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor). "Vacation" is set to hit theaters on July 31st. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Walley World is officially open in the first two images from the new Vacation movie. The film, which is out July 31, is both a sequel to and a reboot of the original franchise as Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as the Griswolds and Ed Helms plays their son, Rusty. Now grown, Rusty wants […]
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- Germain Lussier
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